Bernie Sanders Condemns Netanyahu's Claim That Gaza War Protests Are Antisemitic

Senator Bernie Sanders strongly criticizes Israeli PM Netanyahu's claim that campus protests against Israel's actions in Gaza are antisemitic, arguing that it's not antisemitic to hold the Israeli government accountable for its "immoral and illegal war policies."

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Bernie Sanders Condemns Netanyahu's Claim That Gaza War Protests Are Antisemitic

Bernie Sanders Condemns Netanyahu's Claim That Gaza War Protests Are Antisemitic

Senator Bernie Sanders has strongly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's assertion that protests against Israel's actions in Gaza on U.S. college campuses are antisemitic. In a scathing statement, Sanders refuted Netanyahu's claim, arguing that it is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli government accountable for its policies and actions.

Sanders pointed out that the Israeli government has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, destroyed more than 221,000 housing units in Gaza, and obliterated the region's civilian infrastructure, including healthcare and education systems. He accused Netanyahu of attempting to distract from the "immoral and illegal war policies of your extremist and racist government" and the criminal indictment the Israeli leader is facing.

The senator emphasized that criticism of Israel's policies cannot be conflated with antisemitism. "It is not antisemitic to point out that the Israeli government has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, destroyed more than 221,000 housing units in Gaza, and eradicated the region's civilian infrastructure, including healthcare and education systems," Sanders stated.

Why this matters: The ongoing tensions between Israel and Palestine have sparked protests and debates on college campuses across the United States. Sanders' strong condemnation of Netanyahu's claim highlights the growing divide in opinions regarding Israel's actions and the importance of distinguishing legitimate criticism from antisemitism.

Protests against Israel's offensive in Gaza have spread across the U.S., with students at Columbia University staging a sit-in that resulted in over 100 arrests. Sanders also condemned the violent police crackdowns on student protesters who are demanding their universities divest from companies involved in Israel's war on Gaza.

Netanyahu had falsely described the student protesters as "antisemitic mobs" and likened the demonstrations to what happened in Germany in the 1930s. Sanders accused Netanyahu of attempting to "insult the intelligence of the American people" by making such claims and urged him not to use accusations of antisemitism to deflect attention from the "criminal indictment" he is facing in Israeli courts.

In his statement, Sanders defended the right of protesters to hold the Israeli government accountable for its "immoral and illegal war policies," which he described as "extremist and racist." He emphasized that it is essential to distinguish between criticism of the Israeli government's actions and antisemitism, stating that "it is not antisemitic to hold the Israeli government accountable for its actions."

Key Takeaways

  • Sanders strongly criticized Netanyahu's claim that campus protests against Israel are antisemitic.
  • Sanders refuted Netanyahu's claim, arguing criticism of Israel's policies is not antisemitic.
  • Sanders highlighted Israel's actions, including killing 34,000 Palestinians and destroying 221,000 homes.
  • Sanders condemned violent police crackdowns on student protesters demanding university divestment.
  • Sanders defended the right to hold Israel accountable for its "immoral and illegal war policies."